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New to Duolingo, any advise?

mwolfe11
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Hi All, I'm new to Duolingo just this week. Anyone have any advise that I should know moving forward?

Cheers, Matt

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/jinhale

Make a daily habit of using Duolingo. At every time or at some cue do some lessons or translations, then when finished have a reward. Remind yourself constantly of all the benefits of learning another language. Finally, use some supplemental material like grammar eventually books and conversations with native speaks as soon as possible.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBryce

Here is a guide showing lots of guides created by the community. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1278938

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/javax
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Welcome to Duolingo! :D Just two things: Watch several videos on your target language, and don't forget to review your lessons constantly so you don't forget. Have fun and don't give up when you get to the difficult lessons! ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Flavia-Anna

Hi, I'm new here now. I didn't understand how the store works... Can you or somebody tell me how it works? Thanks

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Hi Flavia-Anna,

If you go to the Lingot Store and scroll down, you'll find an explanation for how lingots work. It's a bit hidden and can be easy to miss at first. ^_^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Flavia-Anna

Hi Usagiboy! Thank you by the explanation! I didn't seen it the first day I iniciate the course. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HUNTERGURL

First off, Welcome. Second, Just make it a habit....i enjoy doing it...make it like brushing your teeth.....something you need to do...and play around with it...You can get a lot of advise by ready and following discussions..become involved.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HUNTERGURL

And get people to like you....you'll get a lot of follows....

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HUNTERGURL

The more famous you are the more people will help you...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KSmitch
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I swear by grammar books. At the moment Duo doesn't have much to offer in the way of understanding grammar, so you'll want to adapt to that with external resources. Progressing through Duo is also much easier when you do a bit of reading ahead. For the topics that you don't quite understand as easily... review a lot and have even more patience.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Make up the silliest, most absurd sentences you can think of!!! Bwahahahaha!!! (if you can gesture wildly, that helps too. Trust me, I've tested this out on my students and it turned out to be one of the most effective learning strategies.)

Find something you love to do that is available in that language (like consuming different kinds of media or finding a conversation partner or if you have the $$ going on a trip). I personally like to read fanfiction, and www.fanfiction.net has a language filter, so I can see a list of only those fanfics that have been written in Spanish. (They have a huge list of language filters, French is on there.) I also use a Chrome extension called ReadLang, which is super spiffy. I can import articles to my ReadLang library and it will tell me the difficulty level (like, A1 or C3, etc.). When I click a word it suggests a translation, and I can highlight a phrase up to 8 words! Next, it takes the words and phrases that I've highlighted and automatically creates flashcards for me to review. It's one of my favorite learning tools, actually. :D

Set yourself a minimum, very ordinarily achievable goal. For me, that is maintaining my streak (for others, it might be different.) So, unless an emergency comes up that lasts more than 24 hours, I know I will at least practice some Spanish everyday or my streak freeze will go off to save my toes! (I've managed internet connection everyday so far phew wipes forehead)

Also, since I had no idea was past perfect etc. was, I have set about by first looking up what they mean for my native language (English), and then looking up what it means for my target language (Spanish) (sometimes, there are differences. But starting with the English explanation makes it feel more approachable and less overwhelming).

Have reasonable expectations. I expect that I will be studying Spanish on Duolingo for at least the next 2 years (I'll continue practicing Spanish after that, of course, but I'm not expecting to learn it in 5 months or a year that is for sure!) Learning a language takes most people time (unless you are like my friend who can learn the basics in a few hours and be fluent in a couple of months! So jealous!! xD)

And of course, you can check out this link that will help you learn how to navigate Duolingo and it's features and answer a ton of questions you might have: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1278938

Also, here is the Duolingo Wiki, it is still under construction but it's a great link to have,and soon all of the guides will be translated into multiple languages and stored here as well! http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Duolingo_Wiki#Getting_Help

Good luck with your studies! ^_^

4 years ago